The face of Downtown Bethesda is constantly changing and getting more and more upscale. When Parker’s restaurant and Tara Thai left Bethesda Avenue in March 2015, they were replaced by Williams Sonoma, the upscale houseware and kitchen supply store from California.  Williams Sonoma on Bethesda Avenue has been a welcome addition to downtown Bethesda since it opened in late October.  I have enjoyed stopping by as the weather cooled to grab a sample of their hot cider or to see what I needed for a holiday celebration.   The store is really in the center of everything – just across the street from the Barnes and Noble and Bethesda Bagel and on the same side of the street as Capitol Tea and Georgetown Cupcake!

Now that the holidays are over, it seems that the full Williams Sonoma experience is kicking into full gear.  Every Sunday the Bethesda Williams Sonoma offers a complimentary technique class.

This Sunday, January 17, the class will focus on sweet and savory crepes and how to make the fillings and toppings ahead. Sunday, January 24 is a class devoted to mastering basic knife techniques.  If you are in attendance on the 24th you can count on learning how to hold a knife in the proper position and how to place the food. Then Williams Sonoma promises to teach serious slicing, dicing and chopping along with advanced cuts like chiffonade and julienne. Sunday January 31 gets everyone ready for football game day fare like chili and finger foods. They promise recipes for make ahead dishes and creative ways to serve everything up.

The feel of Downtown Bethesda really has become much more upbeat. There are interesting shops, great restaurants, and walking paths.  If this sounds like a lifestyle you have been searching for, just click here to see all the single family homes near downtown Bethesda.  If you really want to downsize you might consider one of the new condos being built in downtown Bethesda or even a townhouse nearby. Just give us a call at the Lise Howe Group at 240-401-5577 or email us at

You will love living in Bethesda. There is so much to do here and so much variety!